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Upcoming events

    • 04 Nov 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (EST)
    • Hyatt Place, 2100 Bond St Charlottesville, VA 22901
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Hyatt Place
    2100 Bond St
    Charlottesville, VA 22901


    Join us for a rousing discussion on contracts. Our breakfast forums are an Open format where you can discuss "Hot Topics" with your colleagues. Come network and bring some ideas for future Breakfast Forums.


    • What are the hot button issues this year?
    • The best and worst of contracts
    • How do you overcome objections and obstacles?
    • What is most important to you?
    • What are you finding easier? harder? different?

    Want to prepare for the discussion?

    Check out MPI's On Demand Professional Development pre-recorded webinars! Many webinars are eligible for CMP credit. 

    Here are some titles you may find interesting:

    - The Lawyer's Debate: Today's Hottest Topics in Hotel Contracts

    - Hotel Contract Boot Camp

    - Contract Evaluation and Monitoring

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 3 days from event date: Full Refund
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

    • 07 Nov 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
    VAMPI Mid-Year Board Retreat

    Friday, November 7, 2014
    8:00am - 6:00pm

    Richmond Crowne Plaza Downtown
    555 East Canal St
    Richmond, VA 23219
    The Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown is offering a discounted rate of $104 per night. Offer Expires 10/23/14.
    Click here to make your reservation: VAMPI Board Retreat


    Retreat Agenda
    Thursday, November 6, 2014
    6:00pm  Optional Dinner
    Details to follow             

    Friday, November 7, 2014
    8:00am Breakfast
    8:30am Welcome
    9:30am Chapter Status Update
    10:30am Business Department Presentations
    12:10pm    Lunch
    1:00pm Budget Review
    2:00pm Calendar Review
    2:30pm Break
    3:00pm Teambuilding 
    4:00pm Current Volunteer Status 
    5:30pm Parking Lot, Recap, Evaluations 
    6:00pm Conclude 

    • 14 Nov 2014
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • The Sanderling Resort, 1461 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
    VAMPI November Education and Luncheon

    Friday, November 14, 2014
    11:00am - 1:30pm

    The Sanderling
    1461 Duck Rd
    Duck, NC 27949
    (855) 412-7866
    Call for a special room rate of $129/night; mention VAMPI

    Register before November 1st to receive the early bird rate!

    Need a Ride?
    Click here for details on how you can leave the driving to James River Transportation and network (or work) on the bus!
    Host Sponsor

    Transportation Sponsored by

    Event Registration
    Sponsored by

    Leveraging Social Media for Planners & Suppliers: Tips, Tricks & Trends for Newbies and Experts Alike! 

    Jennifer Abernethy is America's Social Marketing Stylist for professionals and SHE-EO of and She helps her clients with growth and visibility marketing to make them stand out in a crowd of millions, both online and in-person.

    Click here to learn more about our speaker

    Learner Objectives:
    • Define each Social Media Channel and determine which one is best for your business
    • Learn about new technologies that are hitting the event industry now and what works
    • Learn how to monitor, manage and respond to feedback received online through Social Media
    • Learn how to stand out in a crowd of millions and get more sales!
    CEU Credits: Earn 1.0 Clock Hour (0.1 CEU Credits toward your CMP Application/Recertification. 
    CMP-IS Domain I: Marketing Skill 27 Promote Meeting or Event


     11:00am - 11:30am Registration & Networking 
     11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch
     12:30pm - 1:30pm Education
     2:00pm - 3:00pm  Board Meeting 

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

    About the Speaker
    Jennifer Abernethy
    As a 27 year, multi-million dollar Sales Expert, Jennifer launched her own business in January 2007. When her corporate customers didn't flock to her business, she turned to Social Media to grow her business, brand and to connect globally. That was before there were any books on the topic.

    Since then, Jennifer has twice written The Complete Idiots Guide to Social Media Marketing via publishing giant Penguin Books. Jennifer is highly regarded as one of the top marketing authors on twitter and one of the top 50 people in the world that truly "gets it" when it comes to powerful social media marketing by Social Media Marketing Magazine.

    Complimentary Transportation
    Why drive?
    Why worry about where to turn?
    Why be lonely?

    Come along and ride the bus! Enjoy companionship and camaraderie with fellow VAMPI Members and guests. And enjoy a beverage when you depart The Sanderling for the trip home (you can't do that if you drive!).

    Pick up points offered in Richmond, Newport News and Chesapeake. You will arrive at The Sanderling at 10:45am, in time for the event. The bus will leave after the meeting. Please sign up for the bus during registration. If you sign up and need to cancel later, let us know!

    James River Transportation
    915 North Allen, Richmond, VA
    Located behind Lowes Store on Broad Street near downtown
    Depart: 7:15am

    Newport News
    Carrabba's Italian Grill
    12363 Hornsby Lane, Newport News
    Located off I-64, Exit 255, turn right onto Hornsby Lane, go past Cheeseburger in Paradise. Carrabba's is on the right)
    Depart: 8:30am

    Chesapeake Marriott
    725 Woodlake Dr, Chesapeake
    Depart: 9:15am

    • 24 Nov 2014
    • 8:30 AM
    • 25 Nov 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 North Parham Road, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23294
    Virginia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International in Partnership with

    presents The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) 2014 BOOT CAMP

    November 24-25, 2014

    Virginia Tech Richmond Center
    2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300
    Richmond, VA 23294

    Click here to Register
    Cost (for 2 days)
    $175 for VAMPI Members
    $200 for Non-Members

    The boot camp will include intensive sessions covering the recommended texts used to prepare for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP®) exam. This session will prepare you to negotiate efficiently and effectively while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Participants will walk away with skills and tools to be prepared for their certification exam and show the ROI of their new skills. This course earns 14.0 Clock Hours (1.40 CEU credits) toward your CMP Application

    Meetings and events account for more than $120 billion in annual business volume in the United States alone. Their economic value as an enabler and facilitator of business and policy decisions is far broader.* This is one of the most important and expensive areas in business

    Instructor:  Ann Buhl, CMP

    Event cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellations outside of 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date:  $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date:     No refund

    **The information you provide is subject to the Freedom of Information Act guidelines.
    **Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
    • 11 Dec 2014
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185

    VAMPI Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser

    Thursday, December 11, 2014
    10:30am - 1:00pm

    Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg
    50 Kingsmill Rd
    Williamsburg, VA 23185
    Special Room Block details to be announced soon!

    Register before December 5th to receive the early bird rate!
    Host Sponsor

    Silent Auction!

    Our Silent Auction is known for it's creative gift baskets and unique holiday giveaways . GET CREATIVE!  VAMPI members love buying baskets, art, and unique items - in addition to those wonderful hotel stays and tickets! 

    Click here to donate!


     9:00am - 10:30am Board Meeting 
     10:30am - 11:00am Registration & Networking 
     11:00am - 12:00pm Education Session 
     12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch 

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

Past events

01 Oct 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum 2014-2015 Kick-Off
11 Sep 2014 September: Unlocking a Data Conscious Culture
13 Aug 2014 2014 VAMPI/HSMAI Annual Education Conference
21 Jul 2014 CMP Boot Camp
05 Jun 2014 VAMPI 2014 Awards Luncheon
13 May 2014 2014 VAMPI Board Retreat
21 Apr 2014 CMP Boot Camp
10 Apr 2014 April Education: ZOMBIES 2030! Taming the Most Challenging Conference Imaginable
27 Mar 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: March 2014
20 Mar 2014 Meeting Professionals' Industry Fair
06 Mar 2014 March Education: Quickfire with Bob Mellinger
20 Feb 2014 VAMPI CMP Support Program: “Committed to Making Professionals”
06 Feb 2014 February Education Meeting: Building a Legacy of Leadership
29 Jan 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: January 2014
09 Jan 2014 January Education: Virginia Travel Industry Updates
05 Dec 2013 Holiday Auction & Luncheon
12 Nov 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Let’s talk about Food and Beverage!
07 Nov 2013 Speed Learning - Industry Roundtable Discussions
06 Nov 2013 2013-2014 VAMPI Board Midyear Retreat
28 Oct 2013 CMP Boot Camp
03 Oct 2013 Risk Management & Event Insurance
26 Sep 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Discover how your fellow planners and suppliers expect to see 2014 shape up.
12 Sep 2013 True Innovation: Inspiring Your Audience
15 Aug 2013 CAMP VAMPI! Campfire Gathering (Guests Only)
15 Aug 2013 CAMP VAMPI! Annual Education Conference
29 Jul 2013 CMP Boot Camp
26 Jun 2013 Tidewater Breakfast Forum: Thinking Outside the Box
18 Jun 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Benefits and Options for Advancing your Career
06 Jun 2013 VAMPI Awards Reception & Dinner
29 May 2013 Tidewater Breakfast Forum: Are you in the Business of being an Exceptional Business?
23 May 2013 2013-2014 VAMPI Board Retreat
02 May 2013 “Experience plus Education equals Success”
17 Apr 2013 EVENT CANCELLED Wine with VAMPI
28 Mar 2013 From Logistics to Strategy: A Journey into the Mind of the Ultimate Decision Maker
26 Mar 2013 How to Achieve the Perfect Atmosphere at your Event
25 Feb 2013 Used any cool technology lately?
21 Feb 2013 VAMPI CMP Support Program: “Committed to Making Professionals”
07 Feb 2013 “LET ME HELP!: Volunteers in Special Events Administration”
15 Jan 2013 Richmond Breakfast Forum
10 Jan 2013 Virginia Travel Industry Updates Panel Discussion
15 Dec 2012 Got Community? EDMARC Gift Wrapping Event
12 Dec 2012 "What's Your Plan B?"
06 Dec 2012 Naked Negotiating & Holiday Auction
13 Nov 2012 CMP Exam: What You Need to Know About the New CMP Application Guidelines
01 Nov 2012 Meet Like A Mouse: Apply Theme Park Methodology
23 Oct 2012 Risky Business: Planner & Business Partners Prepare for Contingencies?”
16 Oct 2012 Is Your Head Spinning? Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
05 Oct 2012 “Maximizing Attendee Engagement with Mobile Apps”?
27 Sep 2012 VAMPI Unique Meets Tour 5
18 Sep 2012 Mobile Apps: What’s it all about? - Richmond Breakfast Forum
13 Sep 2012 Working Professionally From the Road
23 Aug 2012 2012 Annual Education Conference